Esther Richardson, of Warkworth, joined a record number of volunteers to plant an additional 5000 native trees at the Tawharanui Regional Park on Sunday June 4. This brings the total number of planted native trees, which have been grown at the park’s nurseries, to 200,000. About 180 people turned out for the big plant organised by Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society (TOSSI). The hillside planting filled a vital link across the park, which will enable native birds to travel more freely. Birds dislike crossing major gaps in tree cover. Eventually, it is hoped the Tawharanui plants will form part of a tree corridor for birds from Tokatu Point to the Kaipara Harbour.